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  1. Evergreen Indiana to Serve Over 400,000 Hoosiers

  2. NEH Initiative Designed to Support Teachers, Librarians

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Associated Press
Granholm closes Dept.of History, Arts & Libraries
Gary Post Tribune

Library board could face lawsuit
Indy Star

Space is closing in at New Pal library branch
Indy Star

WWPL to become Evergreen Indiana library
Indy Star

Youths help Zionsville library reading programs
Jackson County Tribune

Recalling state's past
Lafayette Journal & Courier

Friends of Frankfort Library receives $25000
South Bend Tribune

Tough economy may keep libraries busy
South Bend Tribune

St. Joe County Public Library ranks # 7 in nation
Terre Haute Tribune Star
Rose helps students improve math, science skills
WIBC – Radio (Indianapolis)

Dillinger Exhibit Opens at State Library

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Evegreen Indiana to Serve Over 400,000 Hoosiers

Evergreen IndianaSix more public libraries are going "live" on Evergreen Indiana this week. By Friday, thirty-eight public libraries serving over 416,000 Indiana will use the free open-source integrated library system.  Tomorrow, Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library (Huntington County), Milford Public Library (Kosciusko County), Loogootee Public Library (Martin County) and Middletown – Fall Creek Township Public Library (Henry County) will migrate. On Friday, Washington Township Public Library (Randolph County) and Shoals Public Library (Martin County) will introduce patrons to their new Evergreen catalog.  Additionally, Shoals Public Library is the first previously non-automated library to go live on Evergreen Indiana.

These new Evergreen Indiana members and existing ones will be getting an upgrade in the coming weeks to Evergreen 1.6. This version brings the following new benefits including shelving locations on display in the copy summary page, a new events and notification framework (based on Perl's Template Toolkit), a “Fast item add” in the MARC editor, billing enhancements for lost, long overdue, and damaged materials and new serials functions that include initial support for the import, display, and editing of MFHD records, including captions and enumerations. Additionally, development work on the telephone module has commenced with a planned completion date in the 4th quarter of 2009.  Once completed, libraries will be able to notify patrons of holds, overdues, program registrations and other matters by phone.

Evergreen Indiana is a growing consortium of 54 public libraries located throughout Indiana. In addition to the 38 “live” public libraries, many more members will migrate throughout 2009.  Patrons of member libraries are able to view the catalogs of the member libraries and borrow materials from the other member libraries using their Evergreen Indiana library card. The Evergreen Indiana catalog may be viewed at

The Evergreen Indiana Consortium has seen a steady rise in interest from all types of libraries around the state. Because of this, the Consortium has begun accepting applications from libraries seeking to migrate to Evergreen in 2009 and 2010. Requests for membership are approved by the Executive Committee on May 1 and November 1 of each year. Libraries interested in joining the consortium can learn more at the Evergreen Indiana website.

NEH Initiative Designed to Support Teachers, Librarians

Picturing AmericaThe National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is accepting applications for the Picturing America School Collaboration Projects grant program which was designed to help teachers and librarians. The deadline to apply for this funding initiative is Oct. 7, 2009. The Picturing America School Collaboration Projects grant program provides up to $75,000 in funding per project. The Endowment is looking for proposals for local and regional projects that foster collaboration between K-12 educators and humanities scholars to encourage engagement with the rich resources of American art to tell America's story. This grant program is designed to help teachers and librarians whose schools display the Picturing America images form connections with courses in the core curriculum.

If you have any questions about the Picturing America School Collaboration Projects grant program, send an email to For more information, check out the project guidelines on NEH's website.